Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 47:1 through Ezekiel 48:35;Ezekiel 29:17 through Ezekiel 30:19; 2 Kings 25:27-30; Jeremiah 52:31-34
Eleven years ago Harry and I went to Glacier National Park in Montana for our honeymoon. It was so beautiful there. My favorite part of the trip was whitewater rafting. It was July and the weather was exceptionally warm, but the water was very cold. Our guide told us that the water was so cold from the melting glaciers that hyperthermia could become a concern after just a few minutes in the water.
There were eight of us in the raft. The guide came to an area where the waters were calm and said “if you would like to get in, now’s the time.” I am very cold-natured so I had no plans to get in the water, but one-by-one each of our raft-mates jumped in; so I had to join the party. Yes, it was cold, but it was so much fun! I’m so glad I jumped in and didn’t just wish I had.
In Ezekiel 47:1-12, Ezekiel shares a vision of a river of healing. In his vision a stream began to flow from the door of the Temple in Jerusalem. Ezekiel followed a man as he led him down the stream. In the beginning the water was only ankle-deep. As they moved down the stream the water began to get higher— knee deep, then waist deep, then too deep to walk across.
Eventually the river reached the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea is the lowest body of water on earth, and the lowest point on earth. As its name evokes, the Dead Sea is devoid of life due to an extremely high content of salts and minerals.
In Ezekiel’s vision the stream made the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure; trees began to grow, swarms of living things and fish were in abundance, everywhere the water from this river stream flowed death was replaced by life.
Most interpreters agree that this “river of healing” represents the salvation message of Christ, which went forth from Jerusalem and spread throughout the world. (Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible)
I’m so glad I jumped in Christ’s river of healing and now have the assurance of eternal life with Him. But I wonder, if sometimes we are just ankle-deep in our relationship with Christ; committed enough to accept Christ as Savior but not producing the fruit of a life connected to the ultimate life source.
Maybe we should ceremonially baptize every area of our life in Jesus Christ’s River of Healing:
- Our heart
- Our soul
- Our mind
- Our body
- Our fears
- Our treasures
- Our strengths
- Our weaknesses
Friends, heaven is going to be great but God made a way through His Son Jesus Christ for us to live a victorious life from the moment of salvation;
we allow Him to be our Lord, to be in control and in charge.
I encourage you to go deeper in Him; jump in, let the healing power of Jesus Christ get in you and not just on you. Don’t settle, grab everything God has for you—You’ll be so glad you did!
Heavenly Father, I want all that You have for me! Cover me from head to toe in Your Presence! Help me to daily “jump in” to the life You have planned for me.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Daniel 7:1 through Daniel 8:27; Daniel 5:1-31